Roberts: Devil Won't Get School

Patriarch returns to battle scandal at Oral Roberts U
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 3:38 AM CDT
Richard Roberts, president and chief executive officer of Oral Roberts University, is shown in Tulsa, Okla, in this Sept. 30, 2004, file photo. Roberts asked the school's board of regents Wednesday, Oct....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The 89-year-old founder of embattled Oral Roberts University has returned to the school to defend it against allegations of misuse of college funds by his own family members. "The devil is not going to steal" the university, Oral Roberts declared to students and staff at a religious service, as he insisted the accusations are false.

The scandal erupted when three fired professors accused Roberts' son Richard of diverting college funds to cover lavish personal expenses, and inappropriate behavior by his wife Lindsay. An attorney for the professors said a settlement is unlikely now. "We're a bit disturbed about attempting any type of a settlement as long as they're so adamant that they haven't done anything wrong," he said. (Read more Oral Roberts University stories.)